Bettina explores one of the most exciting and unique artists’ biographies of the 20th century. Born in West Berlin in 1947, raised in East Berlin and eventually expatriated at the age of 36, Bettina Wegner has led an eventful life. A passionate Stalin admirer as a child, she grew into a hopeful teenager wanting to shape society with her songs. Bettina not only became an inspiring musician but also a resistance fighter, committed to nobody’s morals but her own. It is a story of heroism, but also of grief, devotion, ups and downs, and the futility of life. Bettina is a film about the life of an artist whose story, which is also the story of the 20th century, speaks to us from her soul, her thoughts and her songs.
Lutz Pehnert was born in Berlin in 1961. In 1996 the film Brand about one of the „alcoholic brigades“ working in a steel mill, trying to deal with the aftermath of the reunification of Germany was presented in the „Forum“ section at Berlin International Film Festival. In 2011, he received the Grimme Award for his documentary DDR ahoi!. His film Partisan won the 2nd Panorama Audience award at the 68. Berlin International Film Festival and was preselected in the category Best Documentary for the German Film Award in 2019.
FESTIVALS AND AWARDS
FIPRESCI Prize, Berlin International Film Festival 2022
Director: Lutz Pehnert
Cast: Bettina Wegner
PROGRAMME: WOMEN LINE